Three Gifts For A 20-Something

What three “gifts” would you give a 20-something if you were a “Forty-Godmother”? 40-something women share three things to help a 20-something get a head start on the confidence to make decisions that are right for themselves. No more woulda, coulda, shoulda.

This week’s “Three Gifts” are from one of our new ambassadors, Mica Walsh. We now have a team of 40:20 Vision writers on the ground interviewing the inspirational women in their communities. Mica interviewed Paula Harrington, Principal of Association Business Solutions (ABS), a management company that supports non-profits in NJ. Her Three Gifts:

Integrity to always keep your word.
If you say you’re going to do something, do your best to follow through. That will set you apart from most. If you’re delayed in the process of following through, be sure to let the other person know. This shows that you’re on top of it!

A distraction alarm whenever you veer off course.
It can be tempting to check on social media posts and to send personal texts during work, but keep in mind that the people around you notice and it can leave a bad impression. Do your best to be 100% present at work. Avoid personal calls during work hours, unless it’s truly urgent (and even then, keep it brief). If you spend time talking to co-workers, make sure it’s about business the majority of the time.

The chance to switch places with your boss for a day.
To see things from your boss’ perspective would give you valuable insights into the everyday pressures and demands that he or she faces. When I was 21, my father told me, “You’re only job is to make your boss’ life easier.” It simplified my understanding of work. Focus on genuinely caring about the organization and what you can do to make it successful!



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